How A Top Quality Metal Roof Can Save You Money In Many Situations?
Deciding to put a new roof on your home is a process that usually involves lots of examining, denial, repairing, and then finally putting on a new roof. At first, you’ll notice that a few of your shingles are curled on their edges, the ridge cap might be coming apart, and there are places where the sand is missing on the asphalt. These are all the early warning signs that you’re going to need a new roof. But, you can replace just the ridge cap, it wears out first, and you’ll have a few more years left. Then, those curled up shingles, well they’re ugly but they still repel the rain, and you might be able to replace a patch of them if it’s not too big. But those larger patches where the sand is missing, that’s a clear sign that it’s time to start considering a new roof before you have major problems. Here are some of the pros and cons of installing a metal roof, one that could last the rest of your life.
If You Have Several Layers Already, A Metal Roof May Save a Tear-off
There are certain rules about putting up extra layers of roofing on top of the one that’s already there. In most cases, you can easily apply two before you need to do a tear-off. However, in many older homes you’ll find there are already three layers, starting with an original wood shingle, then two layers of asphalt shingles. This is a lot of weight combined and it also makes for an expensive re-roof because they all have to be torn off, new plywood sheathing must be added and then the roofing on top.
This makes for a much more expensive project that will require a large dumpster and more employees working for several days. The only exception might be if you install a metal roof instead. Since a metal roof only weighs around 100 lbs. per square (10 ft. X 10 ft.) you can many times put one on top of whatever roof you have without a problem. This could save you thousands of dollars in labor, debris haul away, materials, and other costs. Even if you’re worried about the weight, you could still easily tear off just the top layer of asphalt and then cover with metal to end up with a lighter total roof than before.
In Longevity A Quality Metal Roof Could Last For The Rest Of Your Life
Depending on your age when it comes time to re-roof your home, if you put on a top quality roof made of metal, you most likely will never have to re-roof again. The best metal roofs will have warranties of 50 years and may last 70, while a cheap asphalt shingle may only last 15-20 years. When you figure in the labor, that’s a huge saving, and labor will only be more expensive in the future, that’s a given.
And, when it comes to the labor of installation, metal again wins because the panels come in 12 inches to 36 inch wide dimensions and the time of installation is usually an entire day less, but sometimes two, depending on how many cutouts, dormers, chimneys and other workarounds that need to be done.
When It Comes To Battling The Elements, Nothing Is Better Than Metal
There are a variety of different problems that can either shorten the life of a roof or ruin it quickly and cause leaks. Because of the smoother, slick surface of metal, leaves, sticks, and other debris will more often slide off rather than stay on your roof, compared to asphalt shingles. If you live in an area that gets ice and snow, that could be all the more important for the same reason. On metal, the heavy snow will slide off so the weight won’t be a problem.
Fires can be a serious problem, especially in some wooded areas that are prone to drought. A wood shingle roof would be the most vulnerable, and an asphalt considerably less, but a metal roof is almost completely safe in nearly all fires. It’s by far the choice to have in any wooded area with trees nearby.
Finally, there are the issues with termites, carpenter ants, wood boring beetles, mold, mildew, lichens, and moss, which can all grow on wood shingles and some of them grow on asphalt shingles as well. None of them can ever take up residence on a metal roof since they are completely non-edible. These can all be a factor no matter whether you live in the city, under a large tree, or in the forest with trees all around.
As you can see, metal roofing has a lot of benefits no matter the project that you’re going to tackle. It does have a few drawbacks, but not in all situations. It’s slippery to walk on, but you won’t have to in most cases. If it’s the only roof on the home, it won’t support a person walking between the rafters, but if it’s applied to other roofs, that won’t be a factor at all. Check with a local roofer that works with metal and experienced on how to install a metal roof and get the full details on how they apply in your exact situation in order to be sure as there are many variables involved.
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